Washington, DC

Washington, DC Overview

Washington has been the backdrop for some of the country’s proudest and saddest moments; John Kennedy’s inauguration, the Cuban missile crisis, the Civil Rights movement, the Kennedy and Reagan funerals, Watergate, the Iraq wars, the Clinton sex scandal, the man on the moon, the Mideast Peace Agreement, the fall of communism and so much more.... read more.
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Where To Stay

Embassy Circle Guest House

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OVERVIEWTraveling to a major city for a weekend can be very expensive. So it was with a sense of utter joy that we recently found a marvelous B&B, the Embassy Circle Guest House, in Washington, DC that I wish the owners would clone all across the country. Located on stylish, quiet and safe Embassy Row and...…

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Four Seasons Hotel

OVERVIEWGeorgetown is my favorite part of the City with its quaint boutiques, bistros, bars and particularly the C&O Canal whose tow path is a great place to walk or run. The Four Seasons Hotel is perfectly located in Georgetown, right on the Canal. THE ROOMS One of the great things about this hotel is that...…

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Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental Washington is located in the heart of the district in the southwest section, overlooking the marina, the Tidal Basin and the monuments. The view of the Jefferson Memorial at night is quite spectacular. While I would generally scoff at a description of “Feng Shui touches”, there is something incredibly soothing and calming...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEWThe French inspired Sofitel Lafayette Square is a favorite for its service, stylish rooms and price/value. With 220 rooms and 17 suites, this charming hotel is both comfortable and intimate. I was greeted immediately upon leaving my cab and the doorman introduced himself and asked for the name on my reservation. We made our way...…

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The Hay Adams

OVERVIEWEven the most jaded political observer would have to admit to being impressed by the view from the Hay Adams, across Lafayette Square to the White House. At night with the building all lit up, it was quite spectacular. The historic Italian Renaissance-style hotel opened in 1928 and today has 124 rooms and 21 suites....…

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The Jefferson

OVERVIEWThe Jefferson Hotel was built in 1923 as an apartment building and converted to a hotel in the 50’s. It closed in 2007 for a two year renovation that resulted in the stunning property it is today. The hotel is a Forbes Four Star recipient and is currently ranked the #1 hotel in Washington by Trip...…

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The Watergate

OVERVIEW People of a certain age will remember the Watergate as the scene of the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters that ultimately brought down the Presidency of Richard Nixon. In fact, the hotel has a bit of a sense of humor about it, the last four digits of its phone number are 1972, the...…

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Where To Eat

1789

Set in a renovated Federal house in Georgetown, 1789 has always been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Six separate dining areas are decorated in wonderful American antiques, equestrian and historical prints. My favorites are The John Carroll Room and the Pub. The John Carroll Room is decorated with Currier and Ives prints, early…

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2491 Restaurant

"Dramatic" only begins to describe 2941, a remarkable restaurant located in an unlikely spot, an office park, in Falls Church, Virginia. Picture palettes of rich blues, golds and browns, floor to ceiling windows, 30 ft. ceilings, soaring columns, fireplaces and views of a lake and waterfall. The walls are faux finished and topped with wood…

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Blue Duck Tavern

Housed in the Park Hyatt Hotel, the Blue Duck Tavern is a lively and comfortable spot for an after work drink, some delicious apps (their resident Cheese & Charcuterie Specialist will custom prepare a cheese platter for you) or a wonderful dinner. We have also enjoyed their Sunday brunch where the Short Rib hash is…

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Inn at Little Washington

Every once in a while, you come across an experience so sublime, you feel the need to tell everyone about it. Such is the dining experience at the Inn at Little Washington, about an hour and a half outside of Washington in the Virginia countryside. This is a truly remarkable place and I suggest you…

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L’Auberge Chez Francois

When I lived in the Washington area in the late 70's L'Auberge was one of the highest rated restaurants in the DC area and amazingly after over 40 years, it still is. They are now celebrating their 64th year. What a testament to Monsieur Francois and the Haeringer family to have maintained this kind of…

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La Chaumiere

On that rare occasion when you experience the culinary equivalent of the "perfect storm" you want to shout about it from the rooftops. Such was the case of our recent dinner at the Georgetown French bistro La Chaumiere. A rustic country dining room, centered with a fireplace, outstanding food, a great waiter and one of…

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Le Diplomate

If ever there was a "go-to" restaurant in Washington it is Le Diplomate, a charming French bistro that has no pretension and is the toughest reservation in town. It is perfect for an after work drink, a mid-week supper, a weekend brunch or a romantic evening for two on the weekend. The difference between Le…

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Marcel’s

Marcel's is a favorite of the Washington elite, whether you are a Congressman, lobbyist or someone with a niece in town. Robert Wiedmair's flagship restaurant never disappoints. First stop is the sleek and sexy lounge that embraces the color of white chocolate with a crisp white palette, bar stools and chairs covered in white leather,…

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Plume at The Jefferson Hotel

Start your evening in Quill, a dark and intimate cocktail lounge with an excellent drink menu. Tuesday through Saturday, legendary Peter Robinson entertains at the piano. Hotel guests can also enjoy their drinks in the cozy Book Room beside a roaring fire. The signature restaurant, Plume, is the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in Washington…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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